LINCOLN, NE (STL. News) Governor Pete Ricketts and say leaders declared their opposition to the development of a National Heritage Area in Nebraska. Recently, the Kansas Nebraska Heritage Area Partnership declared their intent to seek out a National Heritage Area designation for 49 counties in Nebraska and Kansas.
“The designation of a National Heritage Area in our state requires federal approvals from the National Park Service and the U.S. Congress,” stated the Governor and say leaders within their correspondence. “Federal designations come with unquantifiable and unknowable risks for the future. Conditions and requirements for federal management can change at any time without vital input from the states, eroding state and local control of decision-making regarding our land and communities. A federal agency and new administration can unilaterally issue new regulations or orders governing areas with a federal designation.”
A copy of the complete letter can be seen by following this link.